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Poland’s Ministry of Sport and Tourism allocates €1.4 million for social tourism projects, expanding opportunities for seniors and people with disabilities.
In an effort to promote inclusive tourism, Poland’s Ministry of Sport and Tourism has earmarked over €1.4 million to fund travel experiences for seniors and individuals with disabilities. This initiative aims to provide these often marginalized groups with opportunities for recreational activities and travel within the country.
The ministry selected 20 organizations from across Poland to receive financial support for their innovative projects aimed at engaging these communities. Grants ranged from €34,000 to €140,000. The chosen organizations plan to organize trips to various regions of Poland, ensuring that these groups can enjoy the benefits of travel and cultural exploration.
One beneficiary, the Starosądecka Fundacja Kultury, intends to facilitate eight trips for seniors in the Sądecczyzna region and welcome seniors from other parts of the country in the Poprad Valley. Another organization, the Towarzystwo Gimnastyczne Sokół, will launch the “Discover Poland under Sokół’s Wings” project, collaborating with universities of the third age, children’s homes, and supportive institutions.
These tourism initiatives not only empower those in need but also contribute to the promotion of different regions in Poland. Additionally, they enable the exchange of knowledge and experiences among organizations actively involved in social tourism.
Andrzej Gut-Mostowy, the Deputy Minister of Sport and Tourism, emphasized the ministry’s commitment to enhancing tourism accessibility for socially vulnerable groups. He stated, “This is our patriotic duty and a societal obligation to care for those affected by fate or financial status.”
This initiative highlights Poland’s dedication to social tourism, providing a special focus on support and attention to those who might not otherwise have the chance to fully exercise their right to leisure and recreation.